With almost seven out of ten people in Wolverhampton overweight or obese, health chiefs are calling for a city-wide effort to tackle the problem
The city's Public Health Annual Report recommends healthy eating and physical activity in schools and at work. The local council is offering various schemes to help people lose weight. Andy Bevan reports.
Fit for life, a project about healthy eating - is one of the ways Leicestershire County Council hopes to tackle rising obesity.
It comes after figures from Public Health England on the number of overweight or obese adults.
The West and East Midlands came in at third and fourth place in a chart of England regions.
The two top spots were claimed by the North East and North West.
Ernie White, Leicestershire cabinet member for health said tackling the problem of obesity was a "top priority" for the council.
Although these figures put us in line with the regional average, it’s not good enough to see that two-thirds of adults are obese or overweight.
Obesity is a major cause of illness and early death and tackling it is a top priority for our public health work.
That’s why we’ve commissioned physical activity schemes and are about to launch fit for life, a project about healthy eating – but the scale of the problem means that it’s going to take a sustained effort to reduce obesity levels.
– Ernie White, cabinet member for health at Leicestershire County Council
People in the Midlands are among the fattest in the country, according to a new report out today - with six of the region's counties in the top 10 in the latest obesity statistics.
Lincolnshire came second in the Public Health England charts, which has released for the first time the percentage of people in each area carrying excess weight, followed by Staffordshire in joint third place.
The report shows that 68.2 per cent of people in Lincolnshire are overweight or obese, along with 67.9 per cent of people in Staffordshire.
Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire are all also in the top 10.
Projects to teach families how to eat healthily and stay fit are being introduced to tackle rising obesity in Lincolnshire.
Childhood obesity across the county is rising one per cent year on year.
10-week courses aimed at families with children aged 4-12 in Wainfleet, Louth, Mablethorpe, Skegness and Horncastle. The children will take part in physical activity sessions while the parents learn more about nutrition and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.